Harley-Davison Recall Over 250,000 Bikes Worldwide For Potential Brake Failure

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Harley-Davidson is recalling 251,000 of its motorcycles due to a fault with the brakes that can cause them to fail without warning.

The bikes affected are any 2008 to 2011 Touring, CVO Touring and VRSC/V-Rod models which have anti-lock braking systems (ABS). About 175,000 of the 250,000 bikes covered by the recall are in the United States.

The recall filed by the company said it appears that the problem could be caused by owners who don't comply with the recommendation to replace the fluid every two years, but that a recall was issued because "the consequent sudden and complete loss of brakes, without warning, is a concern."

The issue can be fixed relatively easily by flushing of the brake fluid, according to Harley-Davidson and will be done free of charge at an owner's local dealership. 

There have been 43 complaints, three accidents and two injuries reported on the motorcycles associated with the braking problems.